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Jazz and Modern-Popular Music Performance, Vocal-Songwriting

Taller de Músics ESEM offers a Bachelor Degree in Music, with 240 ECTS credits, specialising in Jazz and Modern-Popular Music Performance, Vocal-Songwriting. This is an official qualification recognised within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and has the same validity as a university degree.

  • ACADEMIC PERIOD | September to June
  • ENTRANCE EXAMS | Registration: April to June
  • APPLICATIONS | July and September
  • MODALITY | Presential
  • DURATION | 4 years
  • TITLE | Bachelor Degree in Jazz and Modern Music Performance

Bachelor Degree in Jazz and Modern Music Performance


The aim of the Bachelor Degree in Jazz and Modern-Popular Music Performance is to train musicians to be capable of:

  • competently interpreting different repertoires of jazz and modern music as a basis for dealing with any other modern repertoire
  • understanding, designing and organising study and practice in such a way that they can become their own teacher
  • and knowing the professional, technological, artistic and cultural environment so that they can design, create and direct their own project or integrate into the projects of others, adding value.

The design of the itineraries offered (Jazz, Modern-Popular Music, Vocal-Songwriting) has a very practical character thanks to the dynamic work done from by Taller de Músics, the master’s and workshop programs, along with the involvement of the Management & Productions department of the Taller de Músics in the students’ projects.

The teaching staff includes pedagogical professionals specialised in Jazz, Modern-Popular Music and Songwriting, who are active artists at the highest level.


Access to higher artistic education requires the fulfilment of certain academic preconditions of which passing a specific access test that should, taking the the subsequent management of the admission procedure into consideration, be completed enough time ahead prior to the start of the academic year. The specific access test allows to asses the students’ attainment levels of the abilities and competences necessary to be admitted to higher education.

Applying for the Bachelor of Music: requirements, calendar, sample tests…

Specialisation in Performance

The profile of the student who accesses studies in the specialisation of performance, both in the field of Jazz, Modern-Popular Music, Vocal-Songwriting and in the field of Traditional Music and Flamenco, is that of a student who knows styles, historical periods and formations representative of these kinds of music.

The student must be able to recognise habitual forms, both additively and through a score, and should be able to locate himself, expressing himself with rhythmic and harmonic adaptation. Likewise, they must show a predisposition to build their own or personalised sound, be able to link breathing with the musical phrase and must know how to adapt the interpretation and improvisation in differentiated styles, showing technical skills concerning the instrument that allow them to reach higher studies without specific difficulties.

They must also know how to use musical notation to write and read with fluency. In addition, they must know how to build their study strategies in order to overcome challenges of an academic or practical nature. They must be able to express opinions and artistic evaluations in a respectful and coherent way, and show abilities to work both individually and in a team.


Pedagogical team

Vicenç Solsona

Pedagogical Director

Santiago Galán

Director of Studies

Joan Monné

Instrumental Ensemble Coordinator

Néstor Giménez

Theory subjects Coordinator

Anna Luna

Voice & Songwriting Coordinator

Octavio Hernández

Guitar & Wind Coordinator

Ramón Ángel Rey

Drums, Percussion & Bass Coordinator

Pau Solsona

Piano & Bowed Strings Coordinator

Jaume Gispert

Coordinator of Modern-Popular Music Performance (Theory subjects & Instrumental Ensembles)


Alejandro di Costanzo
Piano, Instrumental Ensemble Piano
Ana Rosa Landa
Piano Piano
Andreu Moreno
Drums, Specific Repertoire, Instrumental Ensemble Rhythm (advanced) Drums
Andreu Zaragoza
Instrumental Ensemble, Electric Guitar
Àngel Ferrer
Electric Guitar Electric Guitar
Anna Luna
Voice Voice
Anna Ponces
Supplementary Repertoire
Apel·les Carod
Violin Violin
Blanca Gallo
Clara Luna
Voice, Body Education, Vocal Improvisation, Supplementary Repertoire, Stage Performing for Singers, Vocal Ensemble
Cristina López
Flamenco Singing, Flamenco History, Specific Repertoire
David Domínguez
Percussion, Rhythmic Basics of Flamenco
David Mengual
Instrumental Ensemble, Electric Bass, Double Bass, Study Techniques, Bass Lines
David Pastor
Trumpet, Instrumental Ensemble Funk, Supplementary Repertoire Trumpet
Enric Hernàez
Career Development: Songwriting and Production, Jazz History
Gessamí Boada
Voice, Vocal Ensemble
Héctor Tejedo
Instrumental Ensemble, Groove for Rhythm Section
Irene Reig
Sax/Clarinet, Applied Composition Basics, Improvisation (I)
Jaume Gispert
Piano, Instrumental Ensemble, Theory of Collective Performance, Ear Training, Applied Composition Basics, Rhythmic Improvement, Instrumental Ensemble 21st Century Jazz, XXL Collective
Javier Cisneros
Instrument and Voice Pedagogy, General Pedagogy of Music, Management of Music Education Centers, Information and Communication Techniques / Computer Music (II)
Joan Monné
Piano, Instrumental Ensemble
Joan Terol
Drums, Vocal Improvisation, Rhythmic Improvement
Joan Vidal
Specific Repertoire, Improvisation (I)
Jordi Farrés
Electric Guitar, Instrumental Ensemble, Classical Guitar
Jordi Gardeñas
Drums, Improvisation (II), Improvisation (III)
Juan Gómez “Chicuelo”
Flamenco Guitar, Instrumental Ensemble, Flamenco Forms, Transposition and Accompaniment Flamenco Guitar
Lluc Casares
Sax/Clarinet, Instrumental Ensemble Hard Bop, Big Band
Luis Alfonso Guerra “Luisito”
Percussion, Latin and Flamenco Drums
Manel Fortià
Double Bass, Instrumental Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble Flamenco Jazz
Marc Ayza
Drums, Instrumental Ensemble
Marcel·lí Bayer
Sax/Clarinet, Transverse Flute, Formal Analysis, Improvisation (II) Sax, Clarinet
Maria Mauri Fàbregas
Classical Piano
Marta Garrett
Voice, Vocal Improvisation
Néstor Giménez
Piano, Harmony, Instrumental Ensemble, Applied Composition for Performers
Núria González Cols
Voice, Instrumental Ensemble, Vocal Improvisation, Rhythmic Improvement
Octavio Hernández
Electric Guitar, Instrumental Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble Brazil 21 Electric Guitar
Oriol Martínez
Percussion, Concepts of Cuban Percussion Applied to Drums Percussion
Oriol Roca
Drums, Instrumental Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble ECM
Pau Lligadas
Electric Bass, Double Bass, Instrumental Ensemble, Sight-Reading
Pau Solsona
Piano, Ear Training Piano
Publio Delgado
Improvisation (I), Harmony, Instrumental Ensemble
Ramon Ángel Rey
Drums, Instrumental Ensemble, Improvisation (I), Improvisation (II), Rhythmic Improvement, Latin and Flamenco Drums, Brushes
Ramon Cardo
Sax/Clarinet Ear Analysis, Instrumental Ensemble
Raül Reverter
Instrumental Ensemble, Ear Training, Supplementary Repertoire Sax, Instrumental Ensemble, Big Band
Santi de la Rubia
Sax/Clarinet, Improvisation (I), Theory of Collective Performance, Instrumental Ensemble, Rhythmic Improvement Sax, Instrumental Ensemble
Santiago Galán
General History of Music, History of 20th Century Popular Music, Baroque Music Analysis, Classicism Music Analysis, Main Composition, Music and Computing, Arranging (I), Information and Communication Techniques / Computer Music (I)
Sergi Sirvent
Piano, Improvisation (II), Instrumental Ensemble Monk, Instrumental Ensemble Piano Trio
Toni Pagès
Drums Drums
Úrsula Pilar San Cristóbal
Language and Communication, Musical Thought, Research in Music Education
Valentí Adell
Specific Repertoire, Supplementary Repertoire, Acoustics and Organology, Techniques for Recording and Postproduction (I) Piano, Instrumental Ensemble
Vicenç Solsona
Electric Guitar, Instrumental Ensemble, Transposition and Accompaniment, Classical Guitar, Instrumental Ensemble Latin
Vicent Pérez
Trombone, Instrumental Ensemble Trombone, Instrumental Ensemble
Víctor de Diego
Sax/Clarinet, Transverse Flute, Instrumental Ensemble, Supersax
Yeray Hernández
Electric Guitar, Didactics of Instrument and Ensemble Electric Guitar, Instrumental Ensemble


The syllabus of the Bachelor in Music consists of 4 academic courses of 60 ECTS credits each, distributed across subjects of different categories:

  • Basic training subjects: They are subjects of culture, thought, history, language and techniques of music.
  • Compulsory specialisation subjects: They are subjects of instrument or voice, complementary instrumental training, ensemble music, improvisation, composition, production, and management.
  • Optional subjects: They complement the training with a range of different subjects.
  • Final Project (TFG)

The assignment of credits for each subject includes the hours corresponding to the academic classes, hours of study, the accomplishment of works, practices, projects and the preparation of examinations and evaluation tests.


Instrumental Ensemble ICP6A
History of JazzCP8A
General History of MusicCP6A
Improvisation ICP6A
Ear TrainingBT6A
Theory of Collective PerformanceBT6A
Main Instrument ICP10A
Second Instrument ICP6S



Arrangements ICP6S2
Instrumental Ensemble IICP6A
Applied Composition BasicsBT6A
Music and ComputingCP8A
Language and CommunicationBT6S
Musical ThoughtBT6S
Rhythmic ImprovementBT6A
Transposition and AccompanimentCP6S1
Main Instrument IICP10A



Instrumental Ensemble IIICP6A
Body EducationCP6A
Formal AnalysisCP6S1
Improvisation IICP6A
Specific RepertoireCP8A
Main Instrument IIICP10A
Second Instrument IICP6S



Instrumental Ensemble IVCP6A
Main Instrument IVCP10A
Instrument PedagogyCP6S1
Supplementary RepertoireCP8A
Degree Final ProjectDFP12A



In order to obtain a Bachelor Degree in Music, it is necessary to prepare and publicly defend a final work, which is a direct outcome of what has been learned. This is the writing of a project with a set of explanations, theories, ideas or reasoning on a specific subject that should even more be put into practice in the form of a concert or performance key.

The student must demonstrate the ability to apply the acquired knowledge and know how to communicate conclusions, knowledge and theories on which it is based. The TFG must communicate the results or conclusions reached in the study of a subject in an organised, formal, clear and precise way, as well as the methodology used, the process followed, the documents consulted etc. In short, it is a question of transmitting that is most important.

Professional skills

The graduate in Performance must be a highly qualified professional in musical interpretation, with mastery of his instrument and the repertoire inherent to his specialisation, knowing the technical and acoustic characteristics of his instrument and deepening its historical development, as well as that of a complementary instrument.

The graduate must perform at a high level in accordance with the specific characteristics of his/her modality and specialisation, both as a soloist and as member of an instrumental ensemble. Furthermore must he/she have the capacity to situate him/herself in multidisciplinary artistic contexts, always with a well-defined artistic personality being receptive to evolution.

They must also have knowledge of technological possibilities as a tool for the creation and support of their work. Likewise, they must be trained in the exercise of musical analysis with a wide aesthetic spectrum, and must have critical thought about the creative fact along with the capacity to transmit it orally and rigorously in writing. Finally, they must have a solid humanistic and methodological background to be able to carry out musical research and experimentation tasks.


Click on the links below to get further information about how to apply to Bachelor of Music, academic calendar, tutorial action plan, scholarships and funding, credit recognition, mobility programmes, Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIC), student card…

General Information about the Bachelor of Music

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Applying for the Bachelor of Music: requirements, calendar, sample tests…



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